Southern Maine Lands Five on All-Little East Squad

Southern Maine Lands Five on All-Little East Squad

 

            GORHAM, Maine -- The University of Southern Maine women's lacrosse team received five spots on the 2019 Little East Conference all-conference team that was announced Thursday following voting by the circuit's head coaches.  In addition to the five players recognized, second-year head coach Ashley Durepo was selected by her peers as the Coach of the Year.

            Named first team All-Little East Conference were senior midfielder Aliza Jordan(Gorham, Maine) and senior defender Mira Kuni(Waterboro, Maine/Massabesic).  Earning spots on the second team were freshman attack Lindsey Keenan(Naples, Maine/Lake Region), senior midfielder Colleen Fleming(South Portland, Maine) and senior goalie Hala Van Nostrand(Granby, Conn.).  This is the second straight year that Jordan has been named to the all-conference team.  The other four players are earning their first All-LEC accolade. The five players selected represent the largest number of USM players honored since 2011.

            Durepo guided her team to a 10-6 overall mark and a 6-1 record in conference play, good for second place in the final standings.  The Huskies advanced to the title game for the fourth time in the history of the program, and the first time since 2013.  Durepo is the third USM coach to be named LEC Coach of the Year, joining Sue (Frost) Estabrook (2008) and Lauren Reid (2010, 2013) as recipients.

            "Colleen, Aliza, Hala, and Mira have been my captains since I started here at USM and all were integral in helping me transition into this head coaching position," commented Durepo.  "These four captains are a part of the first group of seniors I will see graduate out of the program and I could not have been luckier.

            "While I am incredibly proud of each of these players individually for this accomplishment, I am even more proud of what they led us to accomplish as a team this season. They brought our program back to the LEC championship game.

            "Lindsey had an amazing freshman year.," added Durepo.  "Though only a freshman, she was a leader on the attacking end and sees the field incredibly well. I have no doubt she will carry on the legacy that this senior class started here for our team and I am excited to see what she can accomplish over the course of her career.

            In just three seasons with the Huskies' program after transferring from Merrimack College, Jordan etched her name throughout the record book this season. She finished the year with a single-season record 94 points on 63 goals and 31 assists.  A two-time Little East Conference Offensive Player of the Week pick during the season, Jordan also set single-game records for points (11), draw controls (14) and ground balls (12) during the season.

            One of the finest defenders and a four-year starter, Kuni played in 15 games this year collecting 18 ground balls and had 13 caused turnovers.  She also tallied the first goal of her career in the regular season finale.

            Making an immediate impact at the offensive end in her rookie season, Keenan finished the season as the team's second leading scorer with 59 points on 34 goals and 25 assists.  She was named the LEC Rookie of the Week in back-to-back weeks in April.

            Teaming with Jordan to anchor the Huskies' midfield, Fleming finished the season with 27 goals and 13 assists for 40 points, 42 ground balls, 58 draw controls and 19 caused turnovers.  Fleming finished her four-year career with the second most draw controls in the program's history corralling 199.

            The Huskies' starting goalie the past three seasons, Van Nostrand backstopped USM to eight of its 10 wins this season making 109 saves for a .429 save percentage and compiling an 11.47 goals against average.  She also collected 37 ground balls and had 13 caused turnovers.

 

 

First Team All-Conference

 

 

 

Position

Name

Class

Institution

Attack

Brigid Casey

Fr.

Keene State

Attack

Brooke Baldelli

Jr.

Western Connecticut

Attack

Veronyca Daniels

Sr.

Plymouth State

Attack

Caroline Galligan

So.

Western Connecticut

Midfield

Lauren Bradshaw

Sr.

Western Connecticut

Midfield

Aliza Jordan

Sr.

Southern Maine

Midfield

Kimberly Zuccaro

Sr.

Plymouth State

Midfield

Megan Wood

Sr.

Castleton

Defense

Faye Brown

So.

Plymouth State

Defense

Mira Kuni

Sr.

Southern Maine

Defense

Erin McKenna

Sr.

Castleton

Goalie

Julia Eaton

Sr.

Rhode Island College

 

 

 

 

Second Team All-Conference

 

 

 

Position

Name

Class

Institution

Attack

Lindsey Keenan

Fr.

Southern Maine 

Attack

Michelina Pinto

Sr.

Eastern Connecticut

Attack

Giana Ritchie

So.

Rhode Island College

Attack

Sam Fiore

Sr.

Plymouth State

Midfield

Sydney Dubois

Jr.

Plymouth State

Midfield

Tess Masci

Jr.

Keene State

Midfield

Colleen Fleming

Sr.

Southern Maine 

Midfield

Tristan Kijak

Jr.

Eastern Connecticut

Defense

Molly Gallagher

Sr.

Western Connecticut

Defense

Emily Sauls

Sr.

Plymouth State

Defense

Brooke Martel

Sr.

UMass Dartmouth

Goalie

Hala Van Nostrand

Sr.

Southern Maine